I would appreciate any advice on this:
I plan on getting a 15 gallon long (24x12x12) and was wondering which lights I should get for medium light. Basically, I want enough light to grow some carpet plants (like keeping HM short), but not enough so that I have to use pressurized CO2. (I do plan on fertilizing and maybe dosing with Excel or DIY.)
General consensus seems to be that T5HOs are way too powerful for a 12" depth unless I mount the light above. I'd really prefer to use legs since I'm trying to keep the top open (ie. no screens or glass tops).
As for PCs, I'm also trying to keep heat down, since I live in Southern Cali where the weather stays hot most of the time. (Never need a heater - I wish chillers were cheaper!) Would a 2x24 T5NO be too much? Would a 1x36 PC be better? Thank you for your input.